The Nest 3 pair have settled back well and are preparing for eggs. The male has been doing a lot of this…
His hard work means we may well have difficulty establishing when eggs are laid – the cup deepens every day.
Yesterday morning into early afternoon he was mainly on a tree at the right hand edge of the view from the nestcam. The female sat on the edge of the nest for the most part. She went into the cup and called to him and over he came.
Shortly before 13.00 the male went off to fetch lunch, arriving back on the dot!
Last year too he seemed to have difficulty releasing his grip. He stayed on the nest whilst the female tucked in.
Over on Nest 2 37 and White EB are developing a closer bond with a higher ratio of mating attempts being potentially successful. White EB is bringing in nest material and scraping and – importantly – is still on the nest! But it still isn’t all plain sailing. Yesterday 37 brought a small fish to the nest, mantled over it… and departed, not quite what White EB wanted.
He brought it back within 5 minutes and White EB flew off with it. It wasn’t seen again! Later in the afternoon White EB was on the nest shouting for around 30 minutes. 37 came into view with a part eaten but still large trout. Off she went with that one too.
Now Nest 1. YA and Mrs YA have been mainly absent. They have been ‘testing’ the new platform erected by the Forestry Commission not far from Nest 1 and it has gained their approval.
Nest 1 is still viable – YA and Mrs YA were behaving normally on it until very recently – and it could be taken by a male trying to establish his own territory. Blue 39 springs to mind as a candidate!
A sample of two isn’t large enough for firm conclusions. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that two pairs of ospreys who bred successfully for several years on one nest have switched to alternative sites where the only advantage is a better field of view.
Streaming from the nestcam on the new platform will happen but for the time being the focus is on nest protection.